Sustainability on Campus


Glendale Community College (GCC) is a strong proponent of sustainability with many initiatives in place which are actively supported by students, faculty and staff.  In line with GCC’s commitment to sustainability, we have  pledged to be carbon neutral by 2025 through the signing of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2011. GCC President Teresa Leyba-Ruiz continues to support the culture of sustainability among its students and employees.

The Sustainability Board, chaired by Vice President Administrative Services Augustine Erpelding, works with the Green Efforts CommitteeEnvironmental Club, and academic members of the Sustainability degree & certificate programs to incorporate sustainable ideas and programs in the administration of the college.

The list of green efforts at the main and North campus have continued to flourish through the years, for example: 

  • Energy conservation: temperature set points, LED light bulbs, hybrid vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations, sensors to reduce energy & resource usage, LEED-designed buildings, locally-sourced building materials, meatless cafeteria menu, telecommuting policy and more.
  • Water conservation: landscaping without the use of irrigation, environmentally-friendly chemicals & cleaners
  • Plastic & paper use reduction: water bottle fill stations, reusable cups, increase use of aluminum can vs plastic, paper reduction pledge
  • Recycling & waste reduction: e-cycling events, zero waste program, co-mingled recycling bins

Celebrating Success

Though our campus-wide commitment to sustainability, GCC has won awards for many of our programs GCC is working on lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

The state-mandated Trip Reduction Program provides discounted bus passes and other commuting alternative opportunities (carpool, vanpool, bike racks) to its employees and students to help lessen emissions. 

Get more information

To learn more about the sustainability efforts for the Maricopa County Community College District, please visit the MCCCD Sustainability page.